Roscommon People Mart Watch – March 2nd


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There were increased numbers on offer this week. There was a good trade for heifers with prices averaging from €2.37 per kilo up to €2.90 per kilo. There was small number of bullocks on offer with prices averaging €2.06 per kilo. There was a good number of dry cows on offer with average prices ranging from €1.75 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo. There was a keen demand for all classes resulting in a good clearance of lots. Bullocks made from €587 up to €594 over, dry cows made from €550 to €1645 per lot and heifers made from €490 to €970 over.

  “Bullocks, heifers and dry cows each Friday with a special sale of bullocks this Friday (2nd) at 11 am with 53 pens on offer as well as dry cows and heifers. The mart will hold a mid-spring special sale of heifers on Friday, March 9th, which will also include bullocks and dry cows. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, March 1st).

  “We had a small entry of sheep at last Wednesday’s sale (February 21st). There was an increase in trade for hoggets with prices as high as €125. The trade for cast ewes was on a par to the previous week with prices ranging from €82 to €130.

  “Cast ewes made from €82 to €130 per lot, in lamb ewes made from €138 to €160, ewe with one lamb at foot made up to €194 and ewe with two lambs at foot made up to €266.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Sheep scanning service available every Wednesday from 9 am to 10 pm”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

Char X 860kgs €1645, Char 785kgs €1500, Simm X 755kgs €1455, Lim X 700kgs €1385, Lim X 675kgs €1360, Simm X 785kgs €1305, Char X 660kgs €1215, Hex 620kgs €1040, Char X 560kgs €1100, BBX 715kgs €1180, Char X 660kgs €1215.



Char X 680kgs €1650, Char X 635kgs €1570, Lim X 610kgs €1530, 2 Char X 647kgs €1450, Simm 600kgs €1350, 3 Char X 533kgs €1300, Lim X 540kgs €1420, Char 510kgs 1275, AA 560kgs €1270, 2 Char X 482kgs €1265, 3 Lim X 486kgs €1205, 2 Lim X 467kgs €1130, Char x 435kgs €1100, Lim X 475kgs €1315, Char X 505kgs €1380, Char x 395kgs €1000 Lim X 370kgs €950, Lim X 395kgs €1010.



53.6kgs €125, 66.7kgs €124, 49.3kgs €121, 44kgs €107, 45.3kgs €107, 42.2kgs €105.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“Bigger numbers of stock presented last week and forward store cattle in particular were a very lively trade in both the heifers and bullock rings. Weanlings continue to be a strong trade also with strong farmer demand as well as feed lots and exporters.

  “There was a noticeable increase in calf numbers with a good clearance reported while the dry cow trade reported some very strong prices with good quality cows on offer.

  “Springer cows made from €760 to €1600 per head. Dairy cross calves made from €30 to €130 per head with Hereford and Angus lots making from €150 to €270 and the continental lots making up to €400.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (March 1st) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am and there are three rings in operation as usual”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



AA 480kgs €1255, Ch 460kgs €1240, Lm 460kgs €1225, Ch 510kgs €1385, Lm 500kgs €1270, Lm 560kgs €1450, Ch 610kgs €1485, Lm 595kgs €1385.


Ch 425kgs €1140, Ch 405kgs €1055, Ch 465kgs €1165, Ch 640kgs €1620, Ch 585kgs €1490, Lm 590kgs €1420, AA 480kgs €1170.

Dry cows

Lm 830kgs €1715, Lm 830kgs €1645, Ch 775kgs €1365, AA 810kgs €1475, AA 650kgs €1045, Ch 780kgs €1400.

Weanling bulls

Lm 290kgs €875, Ch 280kgs €875, Ch 270kgs €850, Ch 425kgs €1265, Sim 405kgs €1130, Ch 395kgs €1115.

Weanling heifers

BBX 285kgs €845, Ch 260kgs €760, Lm 390kgs €1105, Ch 370kgs €1050, AA 365kgs €890, Ch 400kgs €1080, Ch 310kgs €995, Ch 375kgs €1015.